Siem de Jong

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Siem de Jong
De Jong with Ajax in 2011
Personal information
Full name Siem de Jong[1]
Date of birth (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Aigle, Switzerland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking Midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 10
Youth career
0000–2001 DZC '68
2001–2005 De Graafschap
2005–2007 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2014 Ajax 168 (57)
2014– Newcastle United 3 (1)
National team
2006 Netherlands U17 1 (0)
2007 Netherlands U19 6 (2)
2007–2010 Netherlands U21 12 (4)
2008–2009 Netherlands B 3 (1)
2010– Netherlands 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:37, 30 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Siem de Jong (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsim də ˈjɔŋ]; born 28 January 1989) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or striker for English club Newcastle United.

De Jong was born in Aigle, Switzerland, to Dutch parents and moved back to the Netherlands at age six.[3] Prior to joining Newcastle he played in the youth academy of De Graafschap and Ajax. He made his professional debut for the Amsterdam-based side and would go on to become the club's captain as the team won a record four consecutive Eredivisie titles from 2010 to 2014. His younger brother Luuk plays for PSV Eindhoven.[4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Siem de Jong started his football career at the Doetinchem amateur club DZC'68 and was scouted by De Graafschap, when he was 12. He grew up in Doetinchem and graduated from the same school (het Rietveld Lyceum) as Guus Hiddink, Paul Bosvelt and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, which grants him immediate university access (he has considered studying economics). He played with De Graafschap until 2005, when he was picked up by the Ajax youth academy.[4]

Siem de Jong in action for Ajax


De Jong made his first team debut, coming on as a substitute, on 26 September 2007 against Kozakken Boys.[5] His Eredivisie debut was also as a substitute, away at Sparta Rotterdam, where he scored an injury-time equaliser. In 2007–08, he was one of the youngest players and the only player under age 20 to play more than 20 games.[6] On 16 January, just before turning nineteen, he extended his contract with Ajax to June 2013.[3][7] He picked up an injury against Willem II, missing two months. This made him miss all the games from 16 March onward (matches against PSV, FC Twente and SC Heerenveen). He recovered from this injury in early April, returning fit for the match against De Graafschap. He did not start that game, but he was substituted in the 81st minute for Edgar Davids.

During the beginning of the 2009–10, De Jong was often used as an impact substitute and only started in Europa League games. He eventually earned his place in the starting eleven. In January, he scored the winner in the last few minutes of extra time to send Ajax through to the semifinals of the KNVB Cup. On 21 February, he scored a brace against Vitesse Arnhem in a 4–0 win to keep Ajax's push for UEFA Champions League qualification alive.

On 15 May 2011, De Jong played in the title-decider game against FC Twente and helped Ajax win their first (and 30th overall) Eredivisie title since 2004, by scoring two goals, sealing the 3–1 victory.[8]

In the 2011–12 season, he often found himself playing as a striker due to several injuries to the usual strikers on the Ajax roster. On 11 April 2012, he scored a hat-trick as Ajax defeated ten-man Heerenveen 5−0 in the 29th league game of the season and moved three points clear of second place AZ in the Eredivisie table.[9] De Jong scored both goals against VVV Venlo on 2 May 2012, helping Ajax retain the Eredivisie title.[10]

In the summer of 2012, following the departure of team-mate and captain, Jan Vertonghen, to Tottenham Hotspur, Siem de Jong was appointed as the new Ajax captain. De Jong was in fine form in the Champions League scoring once at home to English Champions Manchester City and scored twice away from home in the same fixture on 6 November 2012.[11] On 17 March 2013, De Jong netted a brace in a 3−2 defeat of AZ at the AFAS Stadion in Alkmaar.[12]

On 27 July 2013, De Jong scored a goal in the 107th minute as Ajax defeated AZ by a score of 3−2 in the 2013 Johan Cruijff Schaal.[13] He scored a goal in either half as Ajax defeated NEC 3−0 on 10 November in the thirteenth round of Eredivisie play.[14]

Newcastle United[edit]

On 1 July 2014, De Jong signed a six-year deal with Newcastle United for a fee believed to be around £6 million.[15] Following his signing for the club, De Jong was named as a vice-captain by manager Alan Pardew.[16] He made his competitive debut as a 70th-minute substitute in a Premier League match against Aston Villa on 23 August 2014. He injured his right thigh during training in early September, ruling him out for 'a number of months'.[17] He was due to make his return to the Newcastle first team in February 2015. He was sidelined for an additional eight weeks due to a collapsed lung, a condition he previously experienced while at Ajax.[18] De Jong hit his first Newcastle goal in a 3-2 loss against Swansea on the 25th April 2015.

International career[edit]

Netherlands Under 19[edit]

De Jong made his international debut at the U19 level in May 2007 against Czech Republic (0–2 win) and has six caps. He played three games there but the Netherlands did not qualify for the UEFA U-19 Championship. In the next qualifying campaign he was more successful, playing three games and scoring in two of them. He scored in the qualifying campaign for the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship once in his debut game in 83rd minute against Georgia (2–0 win). He started the second game but did not score. In the final game, against Norway, he scored in the 15th minute (3–1 loss).[19]

Netherlands Under 21[edit]

On 12 November 2007, De Jong was called up to the Netherlands U21 by Foppe de Haan for the game against Macedonia. Because of his injury in March, he missed the qualifying game against Estonia (3–0 win) and was replaced by Jonathan de Guzmán. After recovering from his injury in April, De Haan recalled him but De Jong failed to make the final squad for the 2008 Olympics.[20] De Jong played three more games for the under-21 team, but they failed to qualify for the 2009 European Championships.

De Jong was recalled for the 2011 UEFA U21 Championship qualifiers and scored the opening goal against Liechtenstein in a 3–0 win.[21]

Netherlands (senior national team)[edit]

On 11 August 2010, De Jong made his debut for the senior side in the 1–1 draw with Ukraine in a friendly match, playing the first 62 minutes.[22] On 7 May 2012, he was named in the provisional list of 36 players for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament by Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk.[23] He scored his first goals for the Netherlands under newly appointed manager Louis van Gaal, in a friendly encounter against Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. Coming on as a 46th-minute substitute for Wesley Sneijder, De Jong scored the first two goals for the Netherlands, in the 57th and 67th minutes, with both goals having been assisted by Ruben Schaken leading to a 3–0 win for the Dutch.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance[edit]

As of 26 January 2015[25]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 2007–08 Eredivisie 22 2 3 0 0 0 2[c] 0 27 2
2008–09 Eredivisie 10 1 2 0 4[d] 0 0 0 16 1
2009–10 Eredivisie 22 10 6 6 7[e] 1 0 0 35 17
2010–11 Eredivisie 32 12 6 3 13[f] 1 1[g] 0 52 16
2011–12 Eredivisie 29 13 3 3 6[h] 1 1[g] 0 39 17
2012–13 Eredivisie 34 12 4 1 8[i] 3 1[g] 0 47 16
2013–14 Eredivisie 19 7 2 1 6[j] 0 1[g] 1 28 9
Total 168 57 26 14 44 6 6 1 244 78
Newcastle United 2014–15 Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Career total 170 57 26 14 1 0 44 6 6 1 247 78
  1. ^ Netherlands – KNVB Cup, England – FA Cup.
  2. ^ England – League Cup.
  3. ^ Appearances in the Eredivisie playoffs.
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup.
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League.
  6. ^ Nine appearances, one goal in UEFA Champions League, four appearances in UEFA Europa League.
  7. ^ a b c d Appearance in the Johan Cruijff Shield.
  8. ^ Four appearances, one goal in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League.
  9. ^ Six appearances, three goals in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League.
  10. ^ Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Europa League.

International performance[edit]

Statistics accurate as of last match played on 19 November 2013.

Netherlands national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 0 0
2013 5 2
Total 6 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Netherlands' goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
7 June 2013 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia  Indonesia





  • AFC Ajax Talent of the Future: 2007
  • Dutch Eredivisie Fair Play Award: 2013[26]


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  2. ^ "Newcastle United Siem de Jong". Newcastle United. 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Siem de Jong pens contract renewal 'til 2013". 16 January 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Ajax – Vol Beloften: Siem de Jong". Ajax. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Siem de Jong goes to Newcastle United". AFC Ajax. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Alle Wedstrijden". Ajax. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
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  8. ^ "Ajax pip FC Twente to Eredivisie crown for first title since 2004". The Guardian. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Heerenveen 0-5 Ajax: De Jong nets hat-trick in emphatic victory over 10-man hosts". 11 April 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Eredivisie: Ajax retain title with De Jong brace – ESPN FC
  11. ^ De Jong is new captain –
  12. ^ "AZ vs. AJAX 2-3". Soccerway. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ajax verslaat AZ in verlenging en wint Johan Cruijff Schaal" (in Dutch). 27 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "NEC vs. AJAX 0-3". Soccerway. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Voetbalprimeur: Transfer is rond: Ajax neemt razendsnel afscheid van trouwe aanvoerder
  16. ^ "Alan Pardew on World Cup 2014: Germany have the nous to tame Lionel Messi in the final, plus the truth about me and Javier Mascherano". The Independent. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Newcastle United hit by Siem de Jong blow with Dutch midfield out 'for months' with thigh injury". The Telegraph. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "De Jong Suffers Collapsed Lung". NUFC. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "UEFA Under 19 Euro Championships Qualifiers Group 8". UEFA. 23 October 2007. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2007. 
  20. ^ "De achttien olympiers zijn bekend" (in Dutch). OnsOranje. 15 July 2008. Archived from the original on 17 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  21. ^ "Netherlands U21 vs. Liechtenstein U21 3 - 0". Soccer Way. 13 November 2009. 
  22. ^ "Ukraine 1–1 Netherlands: Dutch Reserves Held By Euro 2012 Co-Hosts". 11 August 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Euros 2012: Holland squad announced – Robin van Persie and Rafael van der Vaart included". Daily Mail. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "Indonesia 0–3 Netherlands". 23 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Siem de Jong - Voetbal International profile". Voetbal International. 
  26. ^ "Siem de Jong: Maatschappelijk speler van het Jaar". ELF Voetbal. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jan Vertonghen
Ajax captain
Succeeded by
Niklas Moisander